KUWAIT CITY, Jan 2: Kuwaiti authorities arrested at least 650 criminals and handled 53 cases related to drugs and alcohol during the New Year’s holiday, Kuwait’s interior ministry said on Tuesday, according to KUNA.
Security forces have stepped up efforts to clamp down on social ills, detaining 118 offenders, 90 of whom were illegal residents while 378 carried no form of identification and 54 others were arrested in absentia, read a statement by the ministry.
The statement added that police received 2,501 calls during the holiday period and registered 1,363 traffic violations. On the scope of humanitarian aid dished out during the holiday period, the statement revealed that 1,075 cases have been reported. The statement also stressed that security forces will not hesitate to use the full force of law against all offenders.
Security authorities launched intensive campaigns in several areas across the country particularly around churches to provide protection for the yearend celebrations there, maintain peace and security, and organize traffic, says Al-Seyassah. During one of the campaigns, several vehicles were seized after their owners used them for performing dangerous stunts that endangered their lives and the lives of others.
These vehicles have long been referred to the Traffic Detention Garage. They arrested eight Kuwaiti men and women and four expatriate women of different nationalities after they were found drunk and in a disoriented state. They were referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action.
Meanwhile, a 39-year old Kuwaiti citizen who is wanted by law for a ten-year jail sentence on drug charges, embezzlement and forgery of official documents was arrested in possession of hashish and chemical drug. He was referred to the Drugs Control General Department for investigations and necessary action.